What would happen if I were to make a new, weak nuc; say 1 deep frame of mixed age brood, 1 frame of stores (possibly some more brood), and a new queen in a cage and then place that into the location of a moderate sized hive that gets moved to a new location in the same yard?
Will the influx of returning field bees boost and carry the nuc, or will it just overwhelm it with chaos and fighting when they come home and find a bunch of strangers there?
I have a long hive that has 2 colonies in it. One was meant to be a temp split last summer in the "back end"....well it never got moved, grew explosively this spring and now even after a split, and throwing a swarm it is still bigger than I really want in there. The whole thing has gotten silly with both ends of the hive supered up to make room for both these colonies. Additionally the colony in the "back end" was getting a bit aggressive (that may change with the new queen), and that entrance faces the house deck which is quite close. Things need to change, So that colony is getting moved into standard gear.
I plan to pull 1-2 nucs out of the larger side of the hive (front end) this coming week. I was just going to move the back end out right after, pull the followers and let the returning foragers boost the donor hive back up.
But now I am thinking about making one nuc quite weak and moving it into the back end. Let the returnees boost it instead. It would let me reduce down the whole deal to 1 story again, not weaken the donor hive so much, and provide me with a nice place for the nuc that is well above the snow come winter. Yes, I may just be starting the whole thing over again come spring, but hopefully i will have learned a few things by then and not let the nuc grow so large as to be a problem. Last year I let it reach out to 10-12 frames by fall.
One concern I have, beyond that mentioned at the top, is that the hive I want to move out is just getting their brood nest going again...started seeing eggs last week, all the old brood hatched out well before. Wondering if moving it now could make problems for them as most/all of the bees are "field bees" and oriented to the old location. But perhaps that should be a separate thread/question.